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Measha Brueggergosman

LA Phil’s new music series brings ‘Angels in America’ to Disney Hall 



Somehow, tickets are still available for this week’s West Coast premiere of ‘Angels in America’ in downtown LA.    Presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic as part of their maverick Green Umbrella Series, this adaptation of Tony Kushner‘s historic two-part play makes AIDS operatic through the music of Peter Eötvös.  The impressive cast includes our own Brian Asawa and Abdiel Gonzalez, and is led by conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, enticingly described in the PR copy as “stylistically omnivorous”.  The play itself still packs a wallop and wields considerable influence more than twenty years later, after numerous productions, translations and adaptations.  The powerful story puts a human face to the epidemic that has touched so many millions, and the music for this treatment has been “truly theatrical music” by the New York Times.

This production is part of the ‘Focus on Eötvös‘ “mini-residency” with the Phil, and the composer will also appear and be paired with two works by Gyorgy Ligeti at Jacaranda on Saturday night.

Angels in America

Tuesday, Jan 15, 8pm
Disney Hall — Downtown LA
Tickets start at $43

Event listing     Website    Tickets

Originally published in Next 7 — Vocal events thru 1/17/13

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